About

Suzanna Ryan possesses a total of over 15 years of experience in the field of forensic serology and DNA analysis including her time as Forensic DNA Technical Leader of an ASCLD/LAB accredited private DNA laboratory.

Ms. Ryan has had the opportunity to work for both private and public DNA labs during her time as a DNA analyst. This includes experience at The Bode Technology Group, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Crime Lab,the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Crime Lab, and Crime Scene Technologies. With her 10 years of forensic laboratory experience and 8 years of consulting experience, Suzanna has had extensive experience conducting DNA casework and technically reviewing DNA data and case-files from a number of different local, county, state, federal, and military DNA laboratories.

Ms. Ryan’s casework experience involves serological and DNA analysis of evidence from all types and manners of crimes including burglaries, robberies, assaults, rapes, homicides, and even mass disasters and missing persons identifications.

Ms. Ryan’s deposition and trial testimony experience includes testimony for both the prosecution and the defense. Her forensic serology and DNA expert testimony has been admitted in eleven states – Rhode Island, Maryland, Texas, Florida, California, Washington, Iowa, Idaho, Arizona, Connecticut, and New York – as well as in Kaiserslautern, Germany. She has been accepted as an expert witness in forensic serology and DNA analysis over 80 times in her career and has been deposed as an expert witness in both criminal and civil trials over 20 times.

In addition to her considerable forensic case-working experience, which includes processing several thousand cases, Ms. Ryan has also served as an adjunct professor for National University’s Master of Forensic Science program where she taught the Advanced Forensic Serology and DNA course as well as the Advanced Criminalistics course. She has also given multiple presentations on DNA evidence and the capabilities of the DNA crime lab to students, investigators, attorneys, sexual assault nurse examiners, and cold case detectives, among others.

Suzanna has also been a contributor to Law Officer Magazine, LawOfficer.com, and Forensic Magazine. She has published peer-reviewed journal articles in the Journal of Forensic Sciences and the Journal of Cold Case Review. She was selected as an Honorary Review Board Member of the American Investigative Society of Cold Case where she reviews cold cases and provides serological testing and DNA collection services pro bono.

Suzanna is a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the California Association of Criminalists, and she has been certified as a Diplomate in Forensic Biology by the American Board of Criminalistics.

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